Bruwer Raats has had particular success with Cabernet Franc in SA and the recent Winemag blind tastings attest to this. The great value offered by both Cabernet Franc-led 2017 ‘second’ wines is extraordinary and even Bruwer regards them as superior to his 2015s.
The 2017 Raats Jasper Red Blend is a stellar wine – it is precise with great freshness, vibrant red and black fruits and juicy, defined tannins. It placed in the top 5 in this year’s Winemag Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report with 93 points. At a quarter of the price of the highly-acclaimed MR de Compostella, the Jasper offers similar class but with the benefit of earlier drinking.
The 2017 vintage ‘could be even better than the much-acclaimed 2015,’ says Christian Eedes.
The same is true for the finely crafted 2017 Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc. It follows on beautifully from the successful Platter’s 5-star 2016 vintage and also placed in the top 5of the Winemag Alternative Varieties Report. It was just a tad behind the table-topping Raats Family Cabernet Franc 2016 which, once again, fetches 4 times the price.
Both these 2017 Raats are great wines at pitch-perfect prices.
Jasper Red Blend 2017
53% Cabernet Franc, 36% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Matured for 16 months in French oak, none new. Red and black berries, some attractive herbal character and pencil shavings on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with a lovely energy about it – good fruit definition, fresh acidity and fine tannins. – Christian Eedes, Winemag Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2019, 93/100
Raats, Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2017
95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. Matured for 14 months in older French oak. A youthful, somewhat shy nose showing red fruit, some herbal undertones and earth. The palate is relatively medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Well balanced and understated. – Christian Eedes, Winemag Alternative Varieties Report 2019, 92/100